I fell in love with the British Crafter’s Companion Moonbeam Meadow stamp set called “Magical Star” the moment I saw it, so I was thrilled when I was able to pick it up at the Crafty Purple Frog Shop using my gift certificate prize when I was the lucky winner of their challenge blog. I thought the soft sketchy lines of the image would be perfect for watercoloring so I decided to give that a go, and I am so happy with the results (well, this was the 2nd results since the first card was discarded after an inadvertent smear – LOL).
I used Strathmore Bristol Paper and started with a Cloud background stamp from Katzelkraft (which is a French company). I wanted to create the look of a warm colorful summer night at dusk just before the stars come out at night so I inked up the stamp with Distress Markers in Pumice Stone and Worn Lipstick and positioned the pink clouds on the top two-thirds of the card. For the sky, I used Distress Marker ink in Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass. To blend out the inks, I used a Pentel water brush, making sure to dab any excess water or ink that may have transferred onto the brush off onto a tissue. After the first layers of colors dried, I added touches of Distress Marker ink in Ripe Persimmon to the clouds to add some extra vibrancy.
To stamp out the adorable little baby bear riding on his papa bear’s back, I used My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink in Gravel Gray for a softer-than-black but visible waterproof stamping. Then I used a stamp block to scribble inks from Distress Markers in Hickory Smoke and applied the slightly watered down ink onto the bears with my water brush. After the first layer of color dried, I added more shading with a second and third application of Hickory Smoke for the shadows. I also used the fine point end of a Distress Marker in Vintage Photo to redefine the eyes and noses of the bears.
For the papa bear’s scarf, I used more Worn Lipstick and Ripe Persimmon to repeat the colors from the clouds. For the mantel on which the bear cub sits, I used more Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass for the fringe and Wild Honey topped with some Gansai Tambi Blue Gold metallic watercolor for some shimmer. For the ground, I used Pumice Stone for a warm gray foundation.
Lastly for some shimmer and shine, I used more of the Gansai Tambi Blue Gold metallic watercolor for the star wand and added Light Gold metallic watercolor streaks emanating from the star. In the right light, it really does look like a magical star that the bear cub is holding up to light the way for his pop.
For the card base, I used some blue shimmery card stock from Simon Says Stamp. For the inside of the card, I used some persimmon colored card stock to coordinate with the colors of the clouds and papa bear’s scarf on the card front, and I simply stamped one of the sentiments from the Crafter’s Companion stamp set: “Wish upon a star”.
The following is a process video for creating this card:
This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Little Critters Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Furry Friends Challenge
Card Mania Life is Colorful Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Use Stencils Challenge
Not Just Cards One for the Boys Anything Goes Challenge
MarkerPOP Starry Nights Challenge